The month of June brings good news for vulnerable Romanians, they will receive the newest installment behind social vouchers, also known as meal tickets from the state because they can only be used for the purchase of basic food and meals at a restaurant or canteen.
Starting from June 1, the Government of Romania confirmed the start of the distribution of vouchers worth 250 lei. Unfortunately for some Romanians, each transfer comes with a reevaluation of the recipient lists. In other words, if the financial situation has undergone changes for certain citizens, they will become eligible for social vouchers or lose their eligibility, they will be removed from the lists. The newest series of vouchers will be sent to 2.5 million Romanians, especially to pensioners with incomes below 1500 lei.
Who loses the right to social vouchers
Unfortunately, for some Romanians, each transfer of money to the social voucher cards implies the loss of the right to that aid, even though they have low incomes. The most common situations in which you can run out of government meal vouchers are if you leave the country to work abroad and if, following a sentence given by a court decision, you end up behind bars.
“People who, on the date of granting the support, do not have their domicile in Romania or who do not provide proof that they live in Romania, according to the law, as well as people who are serving custodial sentences or benefit from social services in a residential regime, are exempt from the provision of material support, public or private”, it is stated in GEO 63/2022.
Those who sign up for military training, Romanians who benefit from residential, public or private social services are also removed from the lists of recipients.
Beyond the mentioned details, Romanians who fall into one or more of the situations below have the right to receive social vouchers:
- single-parent families with net incomes less than or equal to 600 lei
- families who have established the right to social assistance under the conditions of Law no. 416/2001
- homeless people.
- pensioners and persons, regardless of whether they are children or adults, with a disability (severe, severe or moderate) with incomes less than or equal to 1,500 lei
- families with at least two dependent children who have, per family member, net incomes less than or equal to 600 lei.